Best of the year are awarded the "Florenz Sartorius Prize" in the university auditorium

With an academic ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2019, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Göttingen bid farewell to its graduates of the winter semester 2018/ 2019. The ceremony began at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Wilhelmsplatz. A total of 451 students completed their studies last winter semester. Of these, 272 completed a Bachelor's degree and 179 a Master's degree. 47 doctoral students successfully completed their doctorates within the past year.

Dean of Studies Prof. Dr. Stefan Dierkes welcomed the guests. Afterwards Prof. Dr. Waldemar Toporowski, chairman of the economic examination committees, as well as Zinet Akcay and Andreas Kehm spoke as representatives of the graduates of the winter semester. Dr. Susanne Gewinnus, Head of Industry and Research in the Energy, Environment and Industry Division of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Berlin, also spoke as alumna of the faculty.

Awards for outstanding graduates from the Faculty of Business and Economics were also given. The internationally active laboratory and process technology provider Sartorius donated the prize for graduates that is named after the founder of the company. The "Florenz Sartorius-Preis" is awarded to the best graduates in the discipline of Business Administration, Economics, Business Information Systems, and Business and Human Resource Education as well as two distinguished doctoral theses. The faculty honored Andreas Kehm and Silas Manuel Neumann (both Bachelor of Science in Business Administration), Ansgar Franziskus Quint (Master of Arts in International Economics) and Simon Lübcke (Master of Science in Applied Statistics), Zinet Akcay (Master of Education in Master of Education in Business and Human Resource Education) and Julian Koch (Master of Science in Business Information Systems) for their outstanding academic achievements.

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(from left to right) Simon Lübcke, Andreas Kehm, Silas Manuel Neumann, Ansgar Quint, Zinet Akcay, Julian Koch, Dr. Maren Ulm, Dr. Laura Chloé Kuntz and Timo Lindemann, Press Spokesman of Sartorius AG (Photo: Fotostudio Wilder)

Each spring, the faculty also awards the "Florenz Sartorius Prizes" to outstanding dissertations in business administration and economics, each endowed with 1,000 euros. The Faculty of Business and Economics awards the prize to Dr. Laura Chloé Kuntz for her outstanding doctoral thesis on "Portfolio Strategies with Classical and Alternative Benchmarks". The supervisor was Prof. Dr. Olaf Korn from the Chair of Finance. In economics, Dr. Maren Ulm received an award for her doctoral thesis "An empirical study on the measurement and determinants of macroeconomic uncertainty". The paper was reviewed by Prof. Dr. Helmut Herwartz of the Chair of Econometrics.